Capturing our unicorn …

We didn’t have a lazy day around here yesterday but we had a day at home. HOME. That’s a rare one for our busy family. So rare that it felt down right magical!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you capture your unicorn!!!

Practically perfect in every way …

Mary Poppins is my all-time favorite Disney movie. When people find this out they say that it explains a lot. HA! I guess I do live that whole “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” thing when life gets unpleasant. And it has served me well! Anyway, today I took Libs and Reese to see Mary Poppins Returns and I absolutely LOVED IT. I won’t give any details about what happens in the movie but I will say that it was as magical as I had hoped it would be. And everything 7 year old me needed.

Well, I hope you all had a day that was practically perfect in every way!!!

An Incredible Day …

Today we are heading to El Capitan Theater in Hollywood to take Reese to see the new Disney movie out. They always put on quite a show before the actual movie starts so it really adds to the magic of the experience. And seeing Reese’s face light up is just about the best thing in the world!

Well, I hope you all have an INCREDIBLE Saturday!!!

Magical experiences …

Last night was perfect. We went to see Aladdin the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. I absolutely love this theater. It’s old school Hollywood at it’s finest. And I honestly, I don’t think they have a bad seat in the house. I have sat all over that theater and have never been disappointed in my view or the sound. The venue is small enough to where you can’t help but feel engulfed in the performance. It is WONDERFUL. And exactly what I wanted for Reese’s first real theatre experience.

The performance itself was PHENOMENAL. The actors, the costumes, the sets … WOW! Libs is my theatre kid and she absolutely LOVED it. I was in awe, per my usual at the theatre. I am always caught up in the sights and sounds unfolding before me. Theatre makes me emotional to say the least. Having Reese beside me for the first time made it that much more special.

I mentioned yesterday that Down Syndrome has taught us that things don’t have to happen on a typical timeline. I wanted to introduce Reese to theatre for several years now, but I knew she wasn’t ready. I refused to push it too. Theatre is too special for that. I wanted her to be mature enough to REALLY enjoy it. And, fingers crossed, to fall in love with it like the rest of her KOOKY family. We might reach milestones and have achievements on a different timeline than others, but trust me when I say that we celebrate them a whole lot harder. Reese’s time is what we live by around here and I will tell you that it has made for some very special life experiences. And last night was no exception. At times I found myself watching Reese and watching the stage out of the corner of my eye. Seeing her reactions will go down as one of my favorite mom moments EVER. All of it … PRECIOUS! Her eyes lit up! Other than the few “scary” parts her eyes were glued to that stage. Yes folks, I have another theatre lover. And I couldn’t be happier!

Well, I hope you all have a day filled with magical experiences!!!

A whole new world …

Today we are surprising Reese by taking her to see Aladdin the musical! She has never seen a Broadway show before. She is going to LOVE IT. The best part for me is going to be watching my sweet little girl discover what true theatre is really like. I can’t wait to see her face light up and to see wonder in her eyes as she becomes part of the theatrical experience. I got to do this with her older siblings and I know that her turn will be no less magical. It might even be MORE. I started taking my other kids when they were around age four. Reese is now eight. Developmentally she is about 4-5 years old. Down Syndrome has taught us that things don’t always happen on a typical timeline. It’s honestly freeing. To allow growth in such a natural unforced way is beautiful and I get to live that every day. I am blessed. MEGA BLESSED. It’s days like this that my heart wants to burst with MOM happiness. It is simply THE BEST!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you discover A WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!

I followed some good advice …

Yesterday I decorated a table for Thanksgiving, like I said I would. Then I changed our dinning table placemats from Halloween to Christmas. I would have put out more Christmas decorations but I hurt my back the other day and those storage boxes are bit harder to get to. I’ll add more gradually over the next few days. So, I guess Libs’ idea about decorating early for Christmas was a success. Because even though it was literally just placemats, Reese was thrilled! One of the best perks of parenting has to be seeing my kids’ excitement about Christmas. It’s just precious! They certainly have kept it magical for me these past 20 years. And if that’s not a blessing, I don’t know what is.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you followed some good advice!!!